The Joy Family in the Eudora Weekly News


I’m finding all sorts of tidbits about the Joy family in the Eudora Weekly News. Some names were unfamiliar but I figured they must link together some way or other so I’ve saved them. The other people mentioned with the Joys may be in-laws, future spouses, or just good friends. The parts in parentheses ( ) are my notes to clarify a news item. Here’s what I found for the 1880s and 1890s:


29 Aug 1889 – Belleview – The quarterly meeting at Belleview was well attended. Two ladies joined the church – Miss Hattie Joy and Mrs. Touse. They were also baptized.

19 Sep 1889 – Will Joy and Bert Dougherty expect to go to Arkansas soon.


03 Apr 1890 – Joshua Weston has purchased the old Joy farm west of Hester.

24 Apr 1890 – Steve Joy is back from Illinois.

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The Eudora Weekly News (Eudora, Kansas) 24 Apr 1890, Thu • Page 3

29 Jan 1891 – George W. Joy of the Belleview district left Thursday for a visit to his old home, the Muskingum Valley, Ohio.

19 Feb 1891 – Geo. W. Joy returned from Indiana Friday morning. He says he is glad to get back to old Kansas; Indiana he does not like.

26 Mar 1891 – Will Joy moved to Johnson County last week. He will work for Solon Rogers this summer.

17 Sep 1891 – Bob Davis and Nelson Joy were visitors from here at the Soldiers’ reunion last Thursday.

10 Dec 1891 – A soliciting committee was appointed Sunday for the Christmas tree, consisting of Mrs. E.C. Allen, Hattie Joy, Edgar James, and Will Rayson.

4 Feb 1892 – Alfred Joy and Edgar James captured a wolf a week ago Sunday.

20 April 1893 – Mrs. B. Joy fatally hurt at Hawkins Bank, MO. (This was part of a long list of injuries and casualties from a tornado outbreak over several states.)

10 Aug 1893 – Alfred Joy, aged about 20, and residing with his parents near Belleview, was seriously injured Friday afternoon by being thrown under and run over by a wagon loaded with wheat. With others, he was engaged in hauling wheat from the field to the machine.

While waiting for his turn, he got off the wagon and rested in the shade. In attempting to get on again, he made considerable noise with the double tree. This frightened the horses and they started to run. He held on the reins for a few seconds and then stumbled and fell, one of the hind wheels of the heavily loaded wagon passing over his body.

He was carried off the field unconscious and Dr. Bishoff summoned. No bones were broken but it is feared he was injured internally.

28 Jun 1894 – Chas J. and Ben Foust and wives, Sol Wertz and wife and Geo. Joy and wife all went to Ottawa last Thursday to take in the assembly for that day. (I believe this would be the Ottawa Chautauqua Assembly.)

3 Jan 1895 RAYSON-JOY Married – Tuesday, January 1, 1895, at the home of the bride’s parents, near Belleville, Mr. George Rayson and Miss Hattie E. Joy. Reverend Lawrence of Vinland officiating.

The contracting parties are known to nearly all hereabouts. Mr. Rayson is at present a resident of Greenwood county, where he went from here a little over a year ago. The young lady of his choice has grown up in our midst and has made many friends.

There were quite a large number of relatives and friends present and a large and valuable list of presents received by the happy couple.

Mr. and Mrs. Rayson will leave almost immediately for Greenwood county, where they will start in housekeeping. They have the congratulations of numerous friends here and elsewhere.

21 Feb 1895 – Mrs. Arthur Coate died Friday morning, Feb. 15, 1895, at her home southwest of town, of peritonitis, aged 27 years. She was a daughter of Mr. Stephen Joy and was well known and highly respected in the neighborhood. The funeral was Saturday morning at 11 o’clock from Harmony school house, and remains interred in the Deay burying ground. The husband and one small child are left to mourn her departure. (This is Helen Elizabeth Joy.)

14 Mar 1895 – Geo. Joy and two sons are getting stone out of B.J. McBride’s quarry for the foundation of a new house.

13 Feb 1896 – Keystone – Mr. Alfred Joy and his new wife will occupy the Hausman farm, one mile north of the corners.

10 Dec 1896 – Mr. and Mrs. Alf Joy are happy over a brand new baby girl. (This would be my grandmother, Cora Joy, born in November 1896)

3 Nov 1898 – Mr. and Mrs. Levi Woodard and Wilson Cox of Greenwood county are visiting friends and relatives here. The young folks of Belleview enjoyed a taffy pulling at Mr. Will Joy’s Saturday. The party was given in honor of Wilson Cox.

10 Nov 1898 – Steve Joy is on the sick list.

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The Vinings at Pea Ridge School

Karen Kolavalli matched the names on the back with the children marked with an X.

Karen Kolavalli matched the names on the back with the children marked with an X.

Sep 2, 2002 – Notes by Gail Lee Martin

This is probably where the Vinings lived in Wilson County KS before moving to Woodward, Oklahoma area when Mother (Ruth Vining) was 5 years old.   Sure wish we could find school records!l
Sadie (Sarah) born 1876 Wilson County KS & died in 1958 at KS state mental hospital at Osawatama. 2nd child of Henry & Nancy Vining.
Jake (Jacob) born 1878 died 1914, 3rd.child, married Ida? (That is all I have on him)
Francis was (Francis Henry) 6th child born 1883, killed in train-car wreck 1934, father of Lester Vining who is in charge of Vining
Lucy was 5th child, born 1881
May (Laura May) was 8th child, born 1886 married & died at Woodward OK
Belle was 7th child, born 1884 married in Woodward, died in Wichita, great-grandmother of Debra (Brock) Bateman of the Vining
Bessie was 9th child (in an 1895 Wilson County, Newark township census there is a Bertha not a Bessie listed with Henry’s family, birth date a year different) might just be a miscalculation on my part.
4th child William H., born 22 March 1880 & died June 1880.
Original photo showing students at Pea Ridge School in February 1893.

Original photo showing students at Pea Ridge School in February 1893.

In March 2016, this post received a comment that throws more light on the school. Here it is:


My father and grandfather moved the Pea Ridge School about 7 miles in the mid-1920’s using skids and horses and mules. It became the house where I grew up. It is still standing and I have recently donated it to the Plains Indians and Pioneers Museum in Woodward. If it will hold together, they plan to move it to the Museum grounds in Woodward for restoration. Any information that you have about the school, including when it was built would be appreciated, as well as any other pictures. The picture shows to have been

Any information that you have about the school, including when it was built would be appreciated, as well as any other pictures. The picture shows to have been taken in February 1893, and the run was in September 1893, and the Historical Society has different dates as well. I can be reached by phone at (580) 727-4397 and e-mail is

(if anyone finds more information about the school, please phone Tom Lucas or email him or contact the Plains Indians and Pioneers Museum)

Now here’s one more version of this photo. A very kind genealogist edited the photo for me. He removed the X marks and brightened up the whole photo for better visibility. He also removed the tear by the feet of the two littlest Vining girls.

edited pea ridge school pic
Below is a collage that Karen Kolavalli created which features the Vining children around the edge.
karens pc stitch version of pea ridge school vinings